Police crackdown on trouble spots

A POLICE crackdown on property crime and anti-social behaviour on the Mid and North coasts has led to the arrest of 44 people.

Codenamed ‘Operation Lockdown', the blitz in 12 Northern Region local area commands targeted known ‘hot spots' in and around road corridors within the region between Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 3am.

Police said a total of 73 charges were laid, including one count of assault police and one count of resist arrest.

Officers serving in general duties, target action groups, crime management units, detectives and highway patrol conducted the 10-hour operation.

Police said a total of 2086 vehicles were stopped, 2728 random breath tests were conducted, and 33 vehicles were searched.

A breakdown of the offences saw six charges of possess a prohibited drug, 29 drink-driving charges, three disqualified driving charges, two breaches of bail, 27 other offences and an instance where a juvenile was cautioned.

A total of 151 traffic infringement notices were issued including nine for unlicensed driving, 13 unregistered and uninsured and 129 other offences.

Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Carlene York, said similar operations would be conducted in the future in the continuing blitz on crime.

“The results will have a significant impact in reducing crime within the Northern Region and ongoing operations will be of invaluable assistance in targeting known hotspots and driving down anti-social behaviour and property crime,” Assistant Commissioner York said.

“Operations of this nature provide a highly-visible deterrent to criminal and anti-social behaviour and also allow us to weed out serial offenders and take them off the streets.

“The law-abiding members of communities within the Northern Region can rest assured that operations like this will continue to target individuals breaking the law, and put offenders before the courts,” Assistant Commissioner York said.

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